September 2nd Covid Update

September 02, 2020

Sept. 2, 2020

Week 25 – The Covid 19 numbers are dropping in our area and in our province.  There is much to celebrate!  This time of year always seems very hopeful as the kids return to school and I must say that despite the obvious concerns, the presented attitude of our teachers and many parents remains hopeful to make this year great.  We are reminded by professionals that keeping the Covid 19 numbers low or non existent in our community is very important as it will be mirrored in our school population.  We also remind our community members that the streets will be busy with excited and distracted kids walking and biking to school next week.  Please drive accordingly!

We are saying good bye to the last of our summer staff this week.  Ryder Johnstone joined us thanks to the Framework in Action Grant.  The goal of his position was to put together a report highlighting our many green spaces, the committees that govern them, educational opportunities and future issues.  This will help us to make future decisions and plans to ensure our green spaces can be used for years to come.  Ryder will be looking for employment in the area as he currently resides in Luseland.  Matthew Neumeier is finishing his last week here thanks to the Parks for All Grant.  Matthew’s job was to ensure our park spaces were well cared for this year and we have received many compliments on his work.  Matthew will be starting his Grade 12 next week.  We wish both of these fine young men the best of luck and we thank them for their time here.

We are getting close to the re-opening of the Arena!  Kerrobert Minor Hockey met last week.  They have requested to start their regular practise season one week earlier than usual.  All times are listed on the online calendar on the Town of Kerrobert website.  The province and Sask Hockey Association have released their safe guidelines as teams return to play.  Currently no games are allowed but teams can practise.  Information on our ability to host 3 on 3 games is being gathered.  The Recreation Department will be sending out the responsibilities of facility care in regards to Covid 19 guidelines and all users will be responsible for ensuring that they have a member/parent that understands their governing organizations responsibilities.

We are trying to keep the same weekday ice schedule as we have in the past, allowing for only 15 minutes between new groups.  The regulations TODAY indicate that up to 30 people (including coaches/managers) are allowed on ice at one time.  The on-ice time is not as much of a concern as the time between when teams are waiting to go on the ice or are tying skates.  It is our responsibility to ensure social distancing and that we reduce interaction; as well that we complete cleaning duties in a dressing room before we let another group in.  Therefore, the ability to rent out ice as we did in the past is dependant on how many dressing rooms are available.  Many thanks go out the Tigers who have offered their dressing room for use until they determine if their league will be operating this year. 

A quick update on our projects:

·         The Chiller project is complete and the ice plant is operating!  Berg and J&J have once again been a great company to work with and so many improvements have been made.  If you are interested in seeing our ice plant, call the Recreation office and we can arrange for a tour. 

·         Arena heaters have been installed by Precision Instrumentation.  Their efficiency will provide savings and their heat will keep our spectators happy from one end of the rink to the other. 

·         Zamboni is ready for use!

·         Brine lines were repaired and holes were filled.  We are ready to start putting ice in any day.  Thanks to the Kerrobert Fire Department who will be helping us with the annual ice surface clean today (Weds. Sept. 2).  We anticipate putting the lines on the ice around Sept. 8th.

·         Ice surface lights are being installed this week.

·         Heit’s Plumbing has inspected all our arena boilers and they are ready for use.

·         The arena exhaust fan was repaired and the new ammonia exhaust system will be installed soon.

·         The pool basin in completed and painted!  They will be completing the edges in the next few days.  Town staff will be winterizing the pool lines in the next few weeks.

·         Purchase of new shale for all three diamonds and Diamond #3 fence line replacement have yet to be completed.  We received some quotes and will be reviewing these.  Our problem is that we have run short of time for our staff to commit to what needs to be done to prepare for this project.

·         PCC minor roof leaks have been inspected.  There appears to be minimal water damage on the inside so with the help of local contactors we believe minor maintenance repair on the roof is all that is needed.

A few dates to remember:

·         Sept. 1 – annual elm pruning ban lifted

·         Sept. 4 – virtual opening of the Kerrobert Courtroom Gallery

·         Sept. 8 – back to school

·         Sept. 16 – Minor Hockey Registration

·         Sept. 18 – Rage Golf Tournament (call Brian Noad at 780-260-0058 to register)

·         Oct. 7 at 4:00pm – Call for nominations for the Municipal Election will close

·         Nov. 9 - 2020 Municipal Election

Hats off the Courthouse Restoration Society for their live Facebook event honoring the Courthouse 100 years.  If you haven’t had a chance to watch it, it can still be viewed on their Facebook page and closed captioning will ensure you don’t miss a thing.  The re-branding of the Courthouse to the Kerrobert Cultural Center is very timely as we re-open the Library and the Art Gallery this week!  It’s very exciting news and it has been met with much enthusiasm from the community.  We are doing our part to ensure the safety of our residents by removing items from the front entrance to allow for social distancing between non family members, by having hand sanitizer available and by increasing our cleaning measures both upstairs and on the main floor.  We know that everyone will do their part including using hand sanitizer and reducing their time to 15 minute visits so that we can stay safe and we can stay open. 

I am not sure of the author of this article but it spoke to me so I want to share, “Sometimes I just want it to stop.  Talk of Covid, protests, fear.  I lose my way.  I become convinced that this “new normal” is real life.  Then I meet an 87 year old who talks of living through polio, diphtheria, protests, war and yet is still enchanted with life.  He seemed surprized when I said that 2020 must be especially challenging for him.  “No” he said slowly, “I learned a long time ago to not see the world through printed headlines, I see the world through the people that surround me.  I write my own headlines, “husband loves wife today”, “family drops everything to come to Grandmas bedside”, “old man makes a new friend””.  May your own headlines bring you peace and happiness and may you know to ask for help when needed.

Sask Health Line - 811
West Central Crisis Center – 1-306-463-6655
West Central Crisis after hours – 1-306-463-1860 (24 hour line)
Heartland Health Region - 1-866-268-9139
Kids Help Phone – 1-800-668-6868
Kerrobert Food Bank - 834-5389
Kerrobert KidSport – 834-2344
Recreation on call phone – 834-8355

Bobbi Hebron
Recreation Director